In North America, Sony has continued the wellness program that covers employees and, in most cases, their spouses/domestic partners who are eligible for the Sony Healthcare Program. The objective of this program is to help employees and their spouses/domestic partners live healthy, active lives. Participants have access to health risk assessments, on-site biometric screening (during which employees are given their body mass index (BMI), glucose number, total cholesterol number (HDL and LDL) as well as triglycerides number), telephone counseling with a healthcare advisor, and other online or telephone-based programs and resources. Among these are programs on quitting smoking, weight loss, stress management, blood pressure, diabetes, nutrition and physical activity (including programs using exercise/activity trackers). Employees can receive incentives for participation in such health-promoting programs. The incentives include various drawings done by Redbrick Health for those employees who participate in the programs.
The Sony DADC Terre Haute facility continues to manage an onsite Fitness Center for employees to have access to exercise equipment. The SEL San Diego location also has an on-site fitness center that offers exercise equipment and various classes led by fitness trainers.
Other wellness activities are in place as well. Sony of Canada has a salad bar to encourage good eating and good health for Sony employees. Sony San Diego has instituted a weekly farmers' market set up in a parking lot outside the building that sells fruits, vegetables and other local produce. The site cafeteria also has nutritional choices available and makes nutritional information and calorie information available to employees. Sony Nuevo Laredo has a 5-minute employee exercise program that is done twice daily and includes several different types of exercises. The program is conducted by trained leaders, using a video that was made with the assistance of a government safety and health organization.
With regard to influenza vaccinations, employees may receive vaccinations at either site-based clinics or a national pharmacy chain using a vaccination voucher. These are provided over a six-month period, beginning in October.
At manufacturing sites, based on job requirements, employees receive regular medical exams and, where appropriate, industrial hygiene surveys are conducted.
Risk Control Audits and Recommendations
Corporate Environmental, Safety & Health (ESH) and Fire & Life Safety audits are conducted on an ongoing basis at nearly all Sony sites in North America. Internal inspections are conducted, as are audits by insurance companies and agents. The objective of the internal inspections is to assess facility areas overall from an ESH and housekeeping standpoint. This ensures that potential risks are identified and any other items needing attention are addressed in a timely fashion. The inspections are conducted by trained employees serving on on-site safety committees or work teams. The frequency of internal audits varies among sites, from monthly to semi-annually. The audits performed by the insurance companies or agents are generally classified into one of the following three categories:
- Identifying and addressing fire safety risks within a location;
- Thermographic analysis of a site's electrical systems; and
- Ergonomic assessment of workstations in both production and office areas.
For each category, recommendations for improving the current status of the site are provided, as needed.
In addition, in compliance with Sony corporate guidelines, job risk assessments are reviewed to ensure that they are all up-to-date and still reflect the job being performed. Both routine and non-routine jobs are included in this review.